When Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian announced 466 new coronavirus cases yesterday, a pandemic record for NSW, no one had to ask why they subsequently announced tightened restricted limits.
A five-kilometer ban on driving from home was required Permits for all major travel outside the Sydney area, registration of a single bubble partner for residents of worrying local government areas, and significantly increased penalties for breaking the rules set the new state to play.
From 5:00 p.m. all of NSW – the regional areas that haven’t been booked to stay at home anyway – joined the lockdown club.
The bad news came bold and fast this week, delivering the kind of COVID premieres, all hoped to avoid.
And it ends with those in the greater Sydney area eyeing a new week under the toughest lockdown yet.
During Berejik lian woke the residents of NSW in the hope that the steady progress in vaccinations would provide a light at the end of the tunnel, this tunnel actually looked very long.
After a seven-week lockdown, Berejiklian made it clear yesterday that halftime was still in the future, reiterating their Thursday message that September and October will be « the toughest months for NSW. »
But the bad news wasn’t limited to Sydney: the Australians really are all sticking together.
Even Australians who normally live overseas will have a harder time leaving this country as the rules for returning to their overseas homes have been tightened again this week.
COVID is in the vulnerable communities of Dubbo and Walgett in Advancing west of NSW, Melbourne has extended its stay-at-home orders and Canberra, the only major city on the East Coast without an outbreak this year, didn’t stay that way. Canberra has been COVID-free since the early days of the pandemic, but when a positive case surfaced Thursday Prime Minister Andrew Barr said he only had to watch Greater Sydney’s fight against the virus to decide his next move / p> « We said during the outbreak in the greater Sydney area that we would act quickly and decisively, » he said as he announced a seven-day lockdown that is more stringent than the Sydneysiders in several ways.
« We have seen that a brief and immediate lockdown limits the potential spread of the virus and is the best way to avoid longer and more harmful lockdowns. «
For those in NSW who are in NSW missed their work, a payment of $ 320 was confirmed.
And on Thursday NSW had another record testing day with nearly 152,000 COVID tests in the past 24 hours.
In Q ueensland ensured Prime Minister Anastasia Palaszczuk for the success of this strategy and announced that Brisbane’s Indooroopilly school cluster had stabilized for the first time, as had the outbreak in Cairns that worried everyone.
« Who would have thought that a week ago we were in this position today? » Queensland’s Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said. « A week ago I think everyone was worried about where we would end up with this cluster … And Queenslanders absolutely rose to the challenge. » from NSW and no doubt a darker COVID story developed in NSW regional cities this week, leading to the nationwide lockdown announcement on Saturday.
While Barr and Palaszczuk had high expectations and obeyed the rules, the Sydney seems -Mann Zoran Radovanovic had no such coercion, and that has made him one of the most criticized men in Australia at the moment.
Radovanovic allegedly traveled to Byron Bay and the towns in the hinterland with two children on July 31, which obviously violated NSW’s home stay orders. But wait, maybe not because it was still legal to travel to view property or visit a second home.
What exactly happened and whether buying a holiday home is a legitimate reason to travel 760 km , will be arguing in court next month if Radovanovic – and one of his sons – are supposed to appear for violating the Public Health Ordinance.
What we do know is that when Radovanovic arrived in Byron, he did not believe he was a health hazard, but his infection resulted in a sudden lockdown of the Northern Rivers communities as the area moved quickly to keep it from spreading.
Contact tracers had difficulty tracking the movements of the man and his children who are now in the Lismore Bast Hospital for not checking into the locations visited before testing positive for COVID-19 on August 8th.
Lynne Weir, CEO of the hospital says the community was notified « quickly » but the potential for further cases remains a threat.
« As you can imagine, we all forget where we were and when we were for a whole week Talking to people and thinking about it, more information comes out, and once that happens, we put that additional information on the website. » « She said.
Everyone was talking about the size of the Greater Sydney metropolitan area lockdown restrictions to halt the grueling expansion of Delta into the city and beyond this week, and Berejiklian resigned to the National Cabinet on Friday tightened rules.
Will the new rules for exiting Greater Sydney be similar to the « ring of steel » used in Victoria last year? Should there be a curfew? Canberra has just imposed one and? it was also a feature of Melbourne’s long lockdown in 2020.
Should Sydney residents be allowed to travel to inspect property or visit a second home, should more businesses close, and should limit time while outdoors Distance from home to be reduced?
« Our nation needs to understand what Delta means … and be honest, » she said on Friday.
« We have to accept that part The challenge we have in NSW is due to a lack of compliance and part of that challenge is that Delta is different from anything we’ve seen before. «
The frustration with this disregard for the lockdown rules was this week never far from the surface and the solution surprised everyone when it was announced yesterday afternoon.
« To minimize the movement and protect our communities from the evolving COVID situation in Sydney, tonight from 5pm: Midnight home orders introduced for entire regional NSW, ”tweeted Deputy Prime Minister John Barilaro.
It was the culmination of a week of concern about the movement of COVID to regional cities between Friday and Saturday 24 new cases have been discovered in Dubbo.
« People knowingly do the wrong thing, but Delta leaves no room for error, » said Berejiklian at the press conference on Friday, pointing out a growing problem in western New South Wales.
Greater Sydney’s porous borders also wreaked havoc in places like the Hunter region – where an outbreak began after a Sydney university student caught a train went to Newcastle to attend a beach party.
Hunter New England Health director David Durrheim joked that he should have “got down and blown the Hawkesbury River Bridge, and I actually regret we didn’t do it then. ”But while an area like the Hunter – with access to several hospitals, including the huge John Hunter Hospital – has access to intensive care, there is great concern for communities in western New South Wales.
Eight cities, including Walgett, are on a quick lockdown after a local – who has also traveled through Bathurst and Dubbo – tests positive / p> The Central Australian Aboriginal Congress warns hundreds of people could die if the COVID-19 delta variant spreads in the area.
Walgett’s remote Barwon River location, limited health care and vast area indigenous people make it a worrying place for a COVID outbreak.
Barwon member Roy Butler said the region cannot take any chances as their health system cannot cope with large numbers of very sick COVID patients « The news I feared most is the confirmation of COVID infection in a town on the Barwon River, » he said. “I’m incredibly worried.”
All of this COVID spread re-raises the problem of vaccines and the “race” for gun strikes.
And while intensive care admissions continue to be dominated by those who do were not vaccinated, two men in their 90s who received both doses of a vaccine died that week.
However, expanding vaccine shipments remained the main game in all states. And there was good news.
The Moderna vaccine was approved for use this week, making it the second mRNA vaccine available to Australians alongside Pfizer. The catch is availability – the first doses will not come for another month.
According to Prime Minister Peter Gutwein, Tasmania has started a vaccination flash with the aim of building a « Delta Shield ».
In Sydney, HSC- 12th grade students from Hotspot LGAs offered the jab as planned, but the response has been mixed with at least about 50 percent of eligible students accepting the offer so far.
It’s a guideline some in the regions continue to follow baffled while COVID is on its way, but some of the Pfizer doses assigned to them have been passed to the school cohort in Sydney.
But there is no question that vaccinating younger people is on many people’s minds. Only 7.5 percent of 16-19 year olds have a vaccination, but more and more people in closed cities are adopting AstraZeneca
In South Australia, the vaccination mood for young people was different again, as anyone over 16 could book a vaccination / p> Some argue that this population group is now needier than the elderly – where VAT rates are up to 80 percent and they have had plenty of time to check in. The Delta variant appears to make younger people more susceptible to the disease, and that’s worrying, they shed high levels of the virus making them potential super-spreaders.
Berejiklian announced Friday that Jan. -Year-olds who live in Sydney’s hotspot suburbs will be offered one of 100,000 additional vaccines starting Monday.
To highlight the risk to children, a school in Sydney’s Gladesville announced on Thursday that 18 people tested positive, including seven students.
And just like the Indooroopilly school cluster in Brisbane demonstrated, the Gladesville school outbreak clearly shows that children in an educational institution are a real risk of spreading
These fears were behind this week’s announcement that to cancel the NSW HSC exams for performance subjects, which means that those who study dance and drama, music and also foreign languages have a personal Conversation tests were canceled earlier this year.
And the effects of COVID on younger patients were re-emphasized this week with the death of a man in her thirties and the death of a woman in her forties.
But not everyone is delighted with the vaccination focus and a brewing debate about compulsory vaccination ethics is growing louder.
More than 58,000 people under 39 received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine Tuesday, with young Australians in roped off cities in large numbers rolled up their sleeves.
Pressure is mounting on vaccination clinics where violence broke out at least once this week.
Another vaccination clinic in Queensland injected six « ultra-low doses » of Pfizer vaccine due to an « administrative error ».
The Queensland Chief Health Officer stated, « An initial review showed that a vial was used twice, which means the doses drawn on the second use were too dilute. »
She quickly downplayed any risk: « The error occurred within the first hour and a half after the clinic opened and immediate action was taken.
» Those affected will be offered a new appointment to receive a repeat dose to ensure they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19
But there is no doubt that these little « administrative mistakes » are fueling the fears of a section of the community that is also getting tired of COVID restrictions.
The MP for Q ueensland, George Christiansen, spoke directly to this community this week, arguing in a speech that locks and masks « don’t work. » Prime Minister Scott Morrison intervened, calling Christiansen’s comments « crazy, stupid conspiracies, » and even Facebook took action and removed a video of the speech.
Conspiracies other than conspiracies, there is an ever-growing fatigue over how to manage COVID in an undervaccinated population.
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« Yes, sometimes even a self-confessed » news junkie « like me can’t take it anymore, » says Lane about the motivation behind her Brightside newsletter. « I turn everything off, mute the phone and go on a bush walk, at least for an hour or two – sometimes longer. »
But since the five-kilometer rule comes into force tomorrow, this bush walk should be from now on better be close to home.
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